ASHLAND, Ohio Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team needed a win on Monday night at Ashland University to keep their dreams of a home court tournament game alive.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game was close themajority of the way, but in the end the Eagles defeated the Wildcats 75-70. NMUfalls to 16-10 overall and 12-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU improves to 18-8 and 10-6 respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The losssnapped the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats four-game winning streak.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU sprinted out of the gates with a 12-2 lead after fourplus minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU scored the first basket of the game before WillWashington hit back-to-back three-pointers to get the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats rolling.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With thescore tied at 16-all, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to take a 22-16 lead at the8:26 mark of the first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles held the lead until Ricky Volcy hit athree-pointer with 6:22 left in the half and the score 23-22.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held thelead the remainder of the half to take a 34-33 lead at the intermission.
The second half saw the scored tied seven times and the leadchanged hand seven times.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU had a 10-point lead at 66-56 with a little overfive minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy connected on back-to-back baskets tocut the lead to five points with four plus minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Abouttwo minutes later after an AU three-pointer, two made free throws by David Noeland a lay-up by R. Volcy the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were down by four.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles held theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats off for almost a minute before Nick Buck drained a three-pointer withthree ticks left on the clock and the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were now down by three (73-70).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU fouled and AU made both free throws for the final count.
R. Volcy was the game-high scorer with 24 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He alsoadded eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Washington and Marco Volcyadded 12 points each.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had eight rebounds, five assists and two stealsin the loss.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Justin Brown had a double-double for the Eagles with 19 pointsand 12 rebounds.
NMU shot over 46 percent from the floor on 27-58 (46.6percent) and limited the Eagles to 37.7 percent from the floor (23-61).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AUmade three more three-pointers (10-28) than the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats who were 7-26 for 26.9percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team took 26 trips to the free throw line and made 19throws.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the other hand NMU made 11 trips to the charity stripe and madenine throws for 81.8 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU had the slight edge in rebounds with a 40-35count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats turned the ball over 16 times for the game.
NMU will play its home regular season finale on Saturday,Feb. 25 against Michigan Tech at 1 p.m.